131 Avenue A, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.726918 -73.983176
Mon-Fri 5 pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 10 am-midnight
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village, Alphabet City
Don't get the couscous – After have a great appetizer, and great bread i was expecting the best. However, when the coucous i recieved was more of a flavorless stew, with things thrown into it that i couldn't even make out what they were, i was completely disappointed. Service was shotty, we never heard the specials while everyone else around us did. My husband enjoyed his steak and the wine was good. It was also hot as an oven in the place, that last thing i want to do is leave a restaurant sweating! Go for drink and an app if you are interesting in this place, skip the main course.
TERRIBLE waitress! – There is one waitress there, blond, french, and totally rude. You should be abl to have a decent experience at this venue if you can manage to avoid her, and get someone else to wait your table. Beware, this woman will ask for more than 25% tip, and will stop you as you are going out, or even follow you out of the restaurant, to ask for more tip. Never in my life have I been served by someone with more attitude and vulgarity. Unfortunately, as this cafe used to be a lovely experience in the past. I really hope the manager of the resto fired her arce so the rest of us can enjoy Flea Market the way it used to be.
Tourist. Trap. – This was like going to the "French" section at Disneyland, or a bistro in a mall. Salad dripping in dressing, cold food. The only thing mildly Parisian is the rude staff. Otherwise, it's as French as a Fry.
Editorial Review by Marcella Veneziale – Laid-back bistro caters to Tompkins Square Park locals, serving serious dishes like confit de canard and guilty-pleasures like Nutella baguettes.
GREAT MUSSELS! – Found this spot last weekend. The service was great, the atmosphere was nice, and the food was excellent for the price. In fact, we had the best mussels we've had in a long,long while! Highly recommended.
Great deal for breakfast! – i came in for breakfast on a weekday and what a bargain!!! eggs any style served with the most buttery delicious potatoes and salad for under 5 bucks. you will be hard pressed to find such a bargain in manhattan for decent food. plus the decor is SUPER cute, with antiquey knick-nacks and a vintage bicycle hanging from the ceiling.
Great food, nice atmosphere – I'm sad to hear about the forced tipping experience of other patrons; we were large group and they automatically included a 20% tip, which I had no problem with. The food was fantastic, everyone had a great meal, and the standouts were the goat cheese tart appetizer, mussels in dijonaise sauce (be sure to order more bread, everyone at the table couldn't get enough!), and the flaky french fries. The service was fine, and the atmosphere is charming, with rustic wood benches and typical french bistro decor. It's pretty far from the subway, but we'll make the trek again!
Shakedown on Ave. A – I was a customer at the Flea Market Cafe this past Saturday April 14, 2007. We were a party of three and our bill totaled $101 (including the tax). I gave the waitress $115, a fair 15% tip I thought for service that was unexceptional, especially when she took it upon herself to hand over the bill never bothering to ask if we wanted dessert, another cocktail, or even asking the customary, "how was everything?" I digress, waiting for my friend to come back from the restroom the waitress returns to me saying I only gave her a 10% tip. This caught me off-guard because I gave her 5- 20's 2- 5's & 5 singles exactly 15%. I looked at her quite confused and I said, "I gave you $15.00" To this she responds that they expect 15-20% and some other words which I gathered to mean that all the servers have a tip share. (Our waitress was French and her accent was not very clear.) I panicked and felt a wave embarrassment and gave her $25. After we left and it dawned on me what happened I was so enraged I felt the need to do something about this. The $25 has come & gone, that is not the issue. The issue is that the waitress intentionally lied to me to pressure me into giving her more money, I was scammed. I found (3) reviews with stories similar to mine. I find it abhorrent that the management allows this and perhaps even encourages this behavior. It is needless to say that I will not be frequenting this establishment anymore, and my ultimate goal is to perhaps "shame" them into better business practices. In this day & age restaurants open & close daily, I think it imperative that service is equally important as the food in a restaurant?s success.
sunset menu – ok simple, they serve a SUNSET MENU, a 3 course Menu with a glass of wine, between 5pm to 6:30 every day. food is great, amazing value. good service. a must for good deal lovers.
BEST WINE AND RACLETTE CHEESE – i went on tuesday evening for the first time for dinner, i had brunch before (best french toast by the way) with a friend, i guess we arrive during rush hour so the host (Enzo) suggest to wait at the bar for 10 minutes just the time to get a table. A tall and cute bartender made us feel very confortable ans help us to pick a wine, we tryed some pinot noir, and Rioja but finaly pick a Grave "villa bel air" even wrote down the name in case i get guest home for dinner, this wine is just too good. we took a look at the menu and saw that they were serving RACLETTE but only at the bar, well we're at the bar so we decide to stay and enjoy the raclette, the cheese as a strong smell but as unique test and the charcuterie ( viande de grison, smoke proscuito) just execptionnal, the sad part the bartender didn't known where the charcuterie came from.
my friend and i had a great time, great food, great wine and even the bartender send us a dessert on the house, a chocolat cake valrhona, that is it. i'm hook and trust me i work in restaurant, it is hard to find a friendly and good place to eat a fair price. enjoy
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